Lee County leaders have discussed building a new jail since the beginning of the year. That facility is now closer to becoming reality.
Plans for a new Lee County jail were recently completed, and Lee County supervisors appear to be on the verge of approving them. But first, they will hold a public hearing next month.
Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (11:35) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the latest on a facility that has been the subject of much talk and even some controversy.
The Board of Supervisors voted on Monday to advance for a final vote plans to raze the current jail and sheriff’s offices on Commerce Street in Tupelo and rebuild a significantly expanded $51-million-facility, including a 600-bed jail.
To pay for the new jail, the county would issue bonds, which would raise taxes by about 5 mills. A final vote by supervisors on the issue will come on Aug. 21.
Also on today’s episode, Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (21:39) talks about the new partnership between Toyota and Mazda and how it could impact the Toyota facility in Blue Springs.
The two automakers announced on Friday they would each be building vehicles at a new $1.6 billion assembly plant and would also work together to develop electric car technology.
Toyota Mississippi officials said the new plant will not hinder the production of the Corolla at the Blue Springs plant, and some are hopeful that Mississippi can also land the new facility.
Chief photographer Thomas Wells (29:26) talks about his recent photo essay on Traylor’s Detail Shop on North Gloster in Tupelo. Owners Terry and Sheryl Traylor have now been in business for 18 years.
Derek (35:19) talks about his recent story on the future of the BancorpSouth Arena.
Crews are currently installing new seating into the lower bowl of the 24-year-old facility. Meanwhile, among the other changes for the future are plans to expand the facility and connect it to the conference center for an enhanced VIP experience. They also hope to increase the number of concerts they offer each year.